With the celebrations of World Music Day in mind and after a year that witnessed no major music festival in the State of Goa, the Government of Goa plans on throwing its doors open to music festivals which draw in a large amount of revenue to government coffers.
Special zones are set to be identified and created so that these music festivals can be held without inconveniencing the locals in the area.
Goa Tourism Minister, Manohar Ajgaonkar, has unveiled plans that will result in the formulation of various schemes by the Tourism Department.
These schemes will help in promoting the spirit of music, in all its diverse forms via various music festivals that will be held throughout the state of Goa.
According to a statement, Ajgaonkar said, “Another reason that draws tourists to Goa is music and I will strive to make Goa a Music Festival Destination,” as reported by Web India 123.
Ajgaonkar also said that the government of Goa will be identifying special zones where the proposed late night music festivals can take place so that the locals of Goa are not inconvenienced, as stated by a report in The Hindu.
Goa has been a hotbed for the music scene in India since the very beginning. Whether it is the famed Sunburn or Super Sonic Electronic Dance Music Festivals (electronic music festivals with renowned international and indigenous artists) or Goa’s general encouraging disposition towards artists (Jazz, classical music, what have you).
Goa is touted as the leader in the Indian music scenario, boasting of an eclectic mix of the different forms of music that can be found and enjoyed in Goa. Meandering from Indian and Western classical to rock, electronic dance music, jazz, pop, traditional, liturgical and orchestra. Goa has it all.
Various musical instruments like the ghumot, mandolin, dhol, along with traditional song and dance like the dhalo, dulpod, fugdi, mando, etc., are all immensely popular and till date — they continue to be played during local celebrations and festivities. Music also plays a huge part in theatrical art forms that are prevalent in Goa such as the Sangeet Natak and Tiatr (traditional Konkani plays).
Several music producers have set up their recording studios in and around Goa as well.
Ajgaonkar also vehemently urged parents to encourage their children to take up music, as an exercise that will boost Goa’s traditional culture for posterity and help in keeping it alive. He also complimented the lovers of music that are in Goa for keeping the musical identity of Goa alive with their support, stated the same Web India 123 report.
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